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We understand how frustrating it is to feel trapped by pain and limitations. Our team is here to listen to you and create a treatment plan to get you back to the life you love. Take your first step toward living a pain-free life.
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Services Offered at This Location
- Aquatic Therapy
- Back Pain
- Blood Flow Restriction
- Elbow and Wrist Pain
- Foot and Ankle Pain
- Hand Therapy
- Hip Pain
- Hippotherapy (Horse Therapy)
- Knee Pain
- Motor Vehicle Accident Therapy
- Nutrition Counseling and Wellness Plans
- Pelvic Health
- Physical Therapy
- Post-COVID Therapy
- Pre-Surgical Wellness
- Shoulder Pain
- Sports Physical Therapy
- Tempromandibular Pain
- Vestibular Imbalance
- Virtual Reality
- Workplace Injuries
Meet the Staff
Lia Buzzell earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from A.T. Still University. Prior to that, Lia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Western Washington University.
In her free time, Lia enjoys bouldering, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Douglas Free was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has spent most of his life here. He has been the director of Mercer Island Physical Therapy since 2001. He has worked diligently to provide the highest quality and most effective care possible, and in doing so has developed a strong reputation in the community and with referring doctors. He specializes in treating neck and back pain utilizing a variety of treatment approaches to best fit the needs of the individual patient. This includes, but is not limited to, the teachings of Robin McKenzie, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. He enjoys family activities with his wife and two children including snow skiing, swimming, and walking the dog. He is also a lacrosse coach for Newport Lacrosse Club.
- Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Zoology from Central Washington University, 1993
- Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California, 1999
- American Physical Therapy Association
Kim received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from Washington State University. Following school she moved to Southern California and worked as an escrow officer for several years. Her passion for patient care lead her to return to the northwest and pursue her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Green River Community College. While in school, Kim worked as a caregiver for a woman with brain cancer and another woman with MS. She has clinical experience in skilled nursing, assisted living, and inpatient physical therapy settings. She participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the cure Breast Cancer walk. In her free time, Kim enjoys working out, snowboarding, wake-boarding, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.
- Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from Washington State University
- Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Green River Community College
Elizabeth (Ellie) Ostrand grew up in Wisconsin and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. She received her physical therapy degree at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She spent the first part of her career as a traveling physical therapist, moving from state to state and working in a variety of settings from hospitals to outpatient clinics.
Her passion has always been in outpatient physical therapy, and she is excited to join the RET team as a permanent therapist. She specializes in manual therapy techniques with personalized exercises to keep her patients moving in a safe and pain-free way.
Outside of the clinic, Ellie is an active member of the Seattle sand volleyball community and enjoys hiking, wakeboarding and travel. She also enjoys medical volunteer work both in the greater Seattle area and abroad in Haiti.
Hear what other RET Physical Therapy patients have to say.
I started PT after a car accident. The staff was extremely helpful not just with injuries from the accident, but also other issues that had been bothering me. They are very good at communicating problems and solutions and are friendly to boot. Can’t recommend enough.
Attentive, responsive, pleasant in communication, knowledgeable staff. I got good results in a short time. Thankful to Dr. Andrew for useful information and for a program of exercises.
Doug Free, the manager at Mercer Island Physical Therapy, has a PhD in PT, and is an amazing diagnostic doctor who explains why a specific injury occurred. He also does fabulous work on your body. His entire staff is knowledgeable and excellent therapists.
I saw Anne at 7 weeks post ulnar nerve transposition. I’ve made more progress in 1 week with her than I did in those first 7. She is extremely knowledgeable and up to date on current research. I’d feel very good about sending my family and friends her way!
Kelly is amazing! I felt very comfortable and she asked all of the right questions, was super friendly, and knows exactly how to help. I always leave feeling so much better, and confident that if I do my exercises, I will heal!
Michelle has been amazing to work with. She quickly diagnosed the root cause of the issues that continued to plague me after recovering from hip replacement surgery that other PT’s (different companies) could not. She listens, is creative, resourceful, and very knowledgeable. Everyone at the clinic is always very professional and interested in our progress.
I have been going to Summit Therapy for a shoulder problem. I’ve made steady progress and have gotten much pain relief. The staff is very friendly and great to work with. I recently had a sudden problem of vertigo. My therapist knew exactly what to do and performed a treatment that stopped the dizziness.